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  • Cities take the lead on tackling climate change

    Climate change may not have been on the official Rio+20 agenda, but that didn’t stop mayors from megacities around the world from making major headway on the issue. At the Rio+20 conference on Tuesday, the network of C40 city leaders announced a huge plan to address global climate change through local action: They will reduce 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030. At the ...

  • US public still unconvinced on climate change

    Fewer U.S. citizens consider climate change to be a 'serious threat' compared to two years ago, even as scientific evidence demonstrates that the problem has become increasingly severe, according to a recent nationwide public opinion poll. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey suggests that climate change campaigns are not adequately explaining the latest science to an ...


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  • EPA moves ahead on climate change, with or without Congress

    U.S. President Barack Obama might have failed to pass any substantive climate change legislation in the outgoing Congress’ otherwise productive final weeks, but that hasn’t stopped some action on climate from occurring before the year’s end. Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced last week – on Dec. 23, no less, only a day after the 11th ...

  • McCain and Obama`s plans to combat climate change

    Regardless of who is elected next November, both candidates agree that climate change is a fact and not a theory. “I know that climate change is real,” said John McCain. “We can have a debate about how serious it is, but the debate about climate change is over.” John McCain and Barack Obama however vary widely in their response to this issue, leaving the American people with a choice of ...

  • NRDC: President sounds a call to action on climate change

    Vowing to confront the number-one environmental threat facing the nation, President Obama pledged in his historic second inaugural address Monday to confront climate change. Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “This is a call to action against the climate chaos that is sweeping our nation and threatening our future. Now it's ...

  • Climate change threatens Canada`s water: report

    Coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines are required to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada's water system, according to Simon Fraser University's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT). "The days when Canadians take an endless abundance of fresh water for granted are numbered," warns Bob ...


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  • Leaders re-affirm commitments for climate change and energy

    But it goes on to note that in view of the broad scientific consensus that the increase in global average temperature above pre-industrial levels ought not to exceed 2 degrees C, the three nations support a global goal of reducing global emissions by at least 50% compared to 1990 or more recent years by 2050, with developed countries reducing emissions by at least 80% compared to 1990 or more ...


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  • U.S. Mayors Take the Lead in Fighting Climate Change

    LOS ANGELES, California - Cities throughout the country, regardless of size, have initiated a host of actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, without significant support from their state and federal partners, finds a new survey released Friday during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 75th anniversary meeting in Los Angeles. As of June 21, 540 mayors had signed The U.S. Conference of ...

  • Cities tackling climate change: a new strategy for mitigation

    Cities are key players in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A new World Bank study has proposed a three-stage plan for mitigating climate change at a local level. Its recommendations include improving urban infrastructure and encouraging lifestyle change, but most importantly, clarity in the way urban GHG inventories are calculated.     Cities are responsible for 80 per ...


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  • World Standards Day - 14 October 2013 - International standards ensure positive change

    Nowadays the international community faces shifting global markets as well as a need to balance remedies to macro-economic challenges with the urgent call for a meaningful response to climate change. In this complex environment, international standards are powerful tools to lead positive change by detailing specifications that can open up global markets, create enabling business environments, ...

  • New research reveals pathways for action on climate change

    Paper offers options to scale up climate action globally in Durban, Rio and beyond Studies show that the world’s aggregate level of effort on climate change mitigation is not in line with the science and existing country commitments are insufficient to adequately address climate change. A new paper published by the ...

  • All eyes on Bali for a crucial breakthrough on climate change

    Bali, the “island of the Gods,” is a prime example of the beauty of our natural environment. At the same time, Indonesia has first-hand experience of the extreme weather events caused by climate change. Bali is therefore a poignant setting for the forthcoming crucial international negotiations on the way forward to save our planet from the devastating effects of global warming. The Bali ...

  • Senior climate change specialist joins WSP in the UK

    We are pleased to announce that Andrew Marsh-Patrick, formerly Practice Area Leader for Energy & Climate Change at ERM, has joined the company as an Associate Director based in our Manchester office. Andy has more than 15 years experience in the field of energy and climate change and is specifically recognised as an expert on climate change policy and strategy advice and carbon footprinting ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • ARB adopts new protocols for climate change program

    The Air Resources Board today adopted three separate greenhouse gas emission accounting protocols to quantify emissions from local government operations, and urban forest and manure digester projects. 'Today's board adoption marks yet another important step forward in California's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020,' said ARB acting chairman Barbara Riordan. 'These protocols ...

  • Ontario’s dirty secret: black carbon and climate change

    To date, Ontario's policy responses to climate change have primarily focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from both the energy and transportation sectors or methane emissions from the waste and agricultural sectors. But scientific evidence points to opportunities presented by reducing emissions of short-lived climate forcers, principal among which is black carbon. Black carbon exists in ...


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  • U.S. Lawmakers Hear Stern Warnings on Climate Change

    By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - The United States has vested economic interests and a moral obligation to tackle global warming, economists, corporate leaders, and environmentalists told two Senate committees Tuesday. The panelists urged U.S. lawmakers to quickly impose mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions and to demonstrate that the United States is willing to ...

  • Integrated models predict climate change impacts on biodiversity

    Predictions of the impact of climate change on biodiversity have tended to focus on changes in the quantity of suitable habitat. New research evaluates second generation models that combine population and climate data, setting out standards for their development. One of the 10 objectives of the EU Biodiversity Action Plan is to support biodiversity to adapt to climate change. Recently, there has ...

  • Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change – The Hidden Connection

    If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States. Yet, the connection between food waste and climate change is often missing. UTC Building & Industrial Systems has released a new book to connect the issues of hunger, resource conservation and climate change ...


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  • Climate change threatens unprecedented human development reversals

    With governments preparing to gather in Bali, Indonesia to discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report has warned that the world should focus on the development impact of climate change that could bring unprecedented reversals in poverty reduction, nutrition, health and education. The report, 'Fighting climate change: Human ...

  • Freeing energy policy from the climate change debate

    The 20-year effort by environmentalists to establish climate science as the primary basis for far-reaching action to decarbonize the global energy economy today lies in ruins. Backlash in reaction to 'Climategate' and recent controversies involving the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s 2007 assessment report are but the latest evidence that such efforts have evidently failed. ...


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